Nothing has stopped Alex Ovechkin of late, but a stray puck to the face sent him to the doctor's office for stitches Thursday morning, according to reports by media present for Washington Capitals practice.
A team spokesman told reporters Ovechkin would not return to practice. According to Chuck Gormley of CSNwashington.com, Ovechkin "suffered a cut to his lip/mouth when the puck from his rebound hit him in the mouth."
Ovechkin later tweeted a picture of the damage:
After hockey!! 22 stitches hahaha ))) twitter.com/ovi8/status/31…— Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8) March 28, 2013
Ovechkin had a five-game goal streak snapped Tuesday in a 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders, but he extended his point-scoring streak to six consecutive games with an assist. In his past eight games, Ovechkin has seven goals and five assists.
The Capitals are off until the weekend, when they play games at the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday and at the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.